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 Business Studies

The Pearson Edexcel International Advanced Level in Business Studies comprises four units and contains an International Advanced Subsidiary subset of two IAS units.
The Pearson Edexcel International Advanced Subsidiary in Business Studies is the first half of the International Advanced Level course and consists of Units 1 and 2. It may be awarded as a discrete qualification or contribute 50 per cent of the total International Advanced Level marks.
The full International Advanced Level award consists of the two IAS units (Units 1 and 2), plus two IA2 units (Units 3 and 4) which make up the other 50 per cent of the International Advanced Level. Students wishing to take the full International Advanced Level must, therefore, complete all four units.

Methods of Assessment

Unit  1 and 2: Examinations of 1 hour and 30 minutes, consisting of supported multiple-choice questions and questions based on data.
Units 3 and 4: Examination of 2 hours, consisting of questions based on data, including extended response questions.

AL Business Studies Skills developed at DES

Students will:
-  Investigate different types of businesses that develop and sell products and/or services in a local, national or international marketplace. At IA2 level, students will study the ways in which companies make decisions, and grow and operate in the global market place
-  Be able to analyse numerical information and understand how it assists the decision-making process of a business.
-  Understand how a business is managed, how its performance is analysed and how it could trade internationally.
-  These International Advanced Level qualifications in Business Studies require students to use both qualitative and quantitative methods to make justifiable decisions.

Career Options

Students with an interest in Higher Education courses in Accountancy, Business Management and Analysis are recommended to take this course. Many careers have links to Business and Economics courses.